15th Mar, 2023 13:00

Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire

  Lot 51

1998 Lotus Elise S1
No Reserve - Entered from the Jeff Ward Collection

Sold for £25,200

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: S508 JEG
Chassis No: SCCGA1114WHC32566
MOT: January 2024

  • Entered from a deceased estate
  • One owner and 11,000 warranted miles from new
  • Finished in Lotus Racing Green Metallic with Black upholstery
  • Microdot Security System (Alpha Dot)
  • Due to be freshly MOT tested ahead of the sale following a period of inactivity

Introduced at the 1995 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Lotus Elise was a driver’s car par excellence. A paragon of lightness, agility and responsiveness, the newcomer utilised a bonded extruded aluminium chassis clad with fibreglass body panels. Mid-mounted and allied to five-speed manual transmission, its 1.8 litre K-Series engine produced a modest 118bhp and 122lbft of torque. However, with a kerb weight of just 725kg the two-seater was capable of 0-60mph in 5.8 seconds and over 120mph. Able to glide over a broken British B-road in typical Lotus fashion, the Elise did without power steering, ABS or traction control and was all the better for it. Early models featured Metal Matrix Composite (MMC) brake discs which not only minimised unsprung weight but also provided great feel. Enthusiasts are already seeking out Series 1 cars (especially MMC equipped examples) as representing the purest incarnation of the Elise; a trend which seems bound to continue.

Purchased by the late vendor on the surmise that Lotus could possibly cease manufacture thus making the model a good investment, this one-owner Elise has covered just c.11,400 warranted miles from new. Finished in Lotus Racing Green Metallic with Black upholstery, it is fitted with a Microdot Security System (Alpha Dot). The Elise recently passed an MOT test (up to 29th January 2024) in time for the sale, following a period of dry storage. The car is accompanied by a history file containing the original order form and sales invoice from Haydon Daytune Ltd, assorted invoices, handbook and maintenance record, a virtually complete run of expired MOT certificates to 2019 and sundry correspondence. There is also a handwritten mileage record covering the period 2002 to 2012 and 'S508 JEG' has recently been fitted with a new battery.

Jeff Ward (1937 – 2022): Joining the 750 Motor Club at the age of twenty, Jeff started competing with an Austin 7 Special before progressing via a self-built 750 Formula Car and the ex-Rob Easterling Rejo to a Chevron. A founder of the London Special Builders Group and author of The Special Builders Guide, he helped countless others up the motorspsort ladder. His business making trailer lighting boards attracted contracts from the AA and RAC which helped fund his car and motorcycle collection.

For more information, please contact:
John Markey
07943 584767


Auction: Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 15th Mar, 2023

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